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Kemp Victim's Brother Reacts to Kemp's Surrender

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LAWTON Okla_ James Miller said he moved to Oklahoma to be a part of the process in seeking justice for his brother, Robert, who was allegedly killed by David Lee Kemp in 1998.

Read 'David Lee Kemp Captured'.

However, a few short months after James made the move, Kemp escaped from jail. It discouraged James to the point he said he wanted to leave, but he knew he had made a promise to his brother he intended to keep. He would stay in Oklahoma until his killer was convicted.

James said he has mixed feelings about Kemp's surrender. He's still in disbelief, although he obviously is somewhat relieved. He's also a little hesitant to get too excited, because he said there is still a long road ahead.

James said it always starts with a phone call. In fact, he's received three of them in a 15-year span that have left him with the same feeling. 

"When I first got the call that my brother was murdered, I was like, ‘It's impossible,'" James said.

Then came the dreaded call in March of 1999: the jail escape.

"I remember every detail, everything that happened that day," James said.

Finally, a call James received just before midnight Thursday night, one leading him to disbelief for a different reason: Kemp is back in custody.

"I am not going to lie. I broke down in tears," James said. "I had just too many emotions going on at one time."

The call came on his daughter's 13th birthday. He said it was the best birthday present she could've ever received.

"You couldn't ever top that," James said. "She's 13, 14 years of age. She wasn't even alive when all of this went down." 

It's a real life example to show how much time has passed since Kemp first escaped. Every time we've interviewed James Miller since his brother's death, he's promised the same thing: he won't rest until his brother's killer is convicted.

They are far from that, but at least they are closer, than they were yesterday.

James actually said of Robert's killer back in 2007 in an interview with 7News:

"If there is one tidbit of humanity, I wish he would turn himself in and face the music."

Sometimes, wishes really do come true.

James said he will definitely travel the long road ahead, speaking about a potential trial. He said he knows his brother would do the same for him if the roles were reversed.

James said he credits the community for keeping him strong during times of discouragement. He said to this day, complete strangers approach him offering words of encouragement.  

 

 

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